December, 2019

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How to Bring more prospects through your funnel

Convoso

You want to convert more leads faster. But the rising cost of leads is killing your CPA, which, in turn, is preventing you from bringing more prospects through your funnel.

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Guest Blog: Five Tips to Providing a Five Star Experience

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Katie Mares who explains how any business or organization can provide its customers with a five-star experience. The best way I can describe ‘customer service’ is by using the word transaction. ‘Service’ is what we do, it is a product or the transaction to receive the product. According to dictionary.com an experience is; “a particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something: or the observing, encountering, or undergoing of things generally

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Leading a Service Culture

Contact Center Pipeline

Businesses are entering a new age of leadership. Ivory towers are crumbling across the country. The days of executives being disconnected from their customers, employees and the everyday activities of the workplace are drawing to an end. Organizations are undergoing disruptive change brought about by rising customer demands, rapid advancements in technology, and evolving workforce […].

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The Contact Center Workforce Manager Skills Series

The Call Center School

Part 3: Intraday Management Skills. If you’ve been following along in this series you know the skills required to produce an accurate forecast and optimized schedules , but without effective intraday management your efforts towards these first two steps of the WFM process will be lost. Therefore, you must take the proper steps to ensure the plan is working.

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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Successful Call Center Agents Share This Personality Type

TechSee

The contact center agent’s job is getting harder. The ongoing shift to self-service has brought about many positive changes to the customer service field. Call volumes in many contact centers are down along with the cost to serve. Fewer customers now require assistance from live agents to pay bills or carry out other simple tasks. However, that means successful call center agents must now deal with a far greater proportion of complex issues.

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What is Proactive Customer Service and How to Implement It?

ProProfs Blog

“Instead of focusing on the competition, focus on the customer,” Scott Cook. With the ever-changing scenario of business globalization, companies are thriving hard to retain their brand’s loyalty by creating cutting-edge product sales strategies. There was a time when offering a good product at a reasonable price was enough for a company to stand out from competitors.

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What is Employee Experience? Definition & Best Practices

Callminer

Most business invest time, effort and scrutiny on the customer experience. However, its internal equivalent – the employee experience – receives far less attention than it deserves in many organizations. Although employees are not typically direct consumers of their company’s products and services, they affect its bottom line as creators of its offerings and market value.

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Call Center Statistics You Should Know

Callminer

As industrial and economic globalization trends continue to develop in the world’s present market, the use of outsourced talent to accomplish a wide variety of tasks ranging from the rote and repeatable to the complex and mission-critical grows ever more ubiquitous. Call centers , in particular, represent just one facet of a large and varied international outsourcing industry.

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Why The Intensity of Customer Emotions is Crucial to Your Customer Loyalty

Beyond Philosophy

Customer emotions have a strong influence on your Customer Experience outcome. From our research in our global Customer Experience consultancy, we know that over 50 percent of experience is about how a customer feels. . Organizations don’t consider customer emotions enough. Moreover, they also fail to recognize the intensity of that emotion. Understanding the significance and managing the power of customers’ emotions is essential to your Customer Experience outcome.

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The 2023 Verint Experience Index: Retail

Reports of the death of in-store shopping have been greatly exaggerated. This year’s retail survey found that more than 60 percent of consumers start and end their journey by visiting a store. Retail customers value price above everything, but the importance of other factors varies for different brands. In-store shopping is valued highly by grocery and home improvement customers Technology retail customers place less importance on in-store experiences – for them it only ranks sixth Digital exper

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It’s Time to Get More Out of Data

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact Centers have always had an abundance of data about customers and performance. Unfortunately, that data is not being fully utilized to benefit the company, customers or agents. The unrealized potential of data has never been more urgent than it is right now, as centers focus on the customer experience and agent experience and the […].

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Utility Customer Experience: Why Suppliers Need to Make it Effortless

TechSee

The customer service game has changed for energy, gas and water companies. When customers contact them to pay a bill, check their usage levels or report an outage, they demand personalized, streamlined and convenient interactions. It’s no longer just about providing a reliable service to customers who have been loyal for decades – it’s about providing effortless utility customer experience.

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Guest Blog: Winning Tactics for CX Vendor Selection

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Darcy Alexander who shares a checklist to guide us through the process of selecting the best CX vendors for our customer experience initiatives. When embarking on a customer experience (CX) change initiative, there are few decisions more critical to success than selecting the right vendor. Get it right, and you give the initiative the very best chances for success.

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Managers Are Usually to Blame for Escalations

Myra Golden Media

Customers are shrewd and impatient. They’re not going to mess around with a customer service employee who feigns (or lacks) authority to resolve issues. Customers will put their “get me a manager” card on the table in a hair’s breadth. And managers get frustrated with this, but it’s your fault, managers. You teach customers to escalate by holding all the power in your headsets. .

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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How to Be a Better Retail Customer During the Holidays

Steve DiGioia

The “holidays” are everyone’s favorite time of year. Time to share a meal with great company, whether family, friends, or coworkers. It’s a happy, festive time for all. But, is it? Those working in the retail industry may have a different take on the holidays. For them, it’s a time for stress, a time to deal with frantic shoppers looking for the perfect gift, and a time to work long hours with little time for themselves.

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7 Questions That Reveal Whether Your Company is Committed to CX

Beyond Philosophy

When I started Beyond Philosophy back in 2002, I could ascertain whether a company was customer-focused or not right away. I wondered how I did that. When I thought about it, there were some common telltale cultural signs organizations share that indicate where their focus lies. This answer became my second book, Revolutionize Your Customer Experience , which explores how the culture of a company reflects how customer-centric the organization is.

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Contact Centre Predictions for 2020

Callminer

Microsoft’s Richard Peers predicted that by 2020, 85% of all customer service interactions would be handled without the need for a human agent. Although his prediction was not completely accurate, there has been a significant move in that direction. This means that contact centres need to be integrating new technologies into their organisations in order to stay ahead of their competition.

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Take a Bow… Receive a Round of Applause!

Contact Center Pipeline

The expression “take a bow” is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “to bow toward an audience that is applauding. It is often used figuratively to say that someone deserves to be praised.” Much as I would like to propose an actual round of applause on the contact center floor, I’m not sure that would […].

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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20 Ways To Create An Amazing Customer Service Experience In 2020 (Part Two)

ShepHyken

Last week, I shared ten ideas to drive a better customer experience in 2020. As promised, I’m back with ten more tips. If you haven’t read part one yet, you can do so here. Or, you can see all these suggestions at once by reading my recent Forbes article. Without any further delay, here are ten more ways to create a better customer experience in 2020.

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How Most People Get It Wrong When Giving Customers Bad News

Myra Golden Media

My husband and I were sitting at the big boardroom table at the closing office. We’d just sold our first home, and we were now closing on our new home. We thought we were in great shape, but, something went wrong. The bank didn’t transfer the money for the purchase of our new home. I called our mortgage broker, who had handled every detail up to this point.

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Customer Service Trends 2020

TechSee

Companies now know that customer experience is the key competitive differentiator. Data shows that organizations which excel in CX outpace laggards on the S&P 500 index by almost 80%. Their customers are more likely to make repeat purchases, to try additional products or services, and to recommend the brand to family and friends. However, many companies are still struggling to make the customer service experience as effortless as possible.

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Customer Experience: 5 Startling Predictions for 2020

Beyond Philosophy

Here we go, beginning of 2020 and a whole new decade. It is essential to reflect where we have been and where we want to go at this time of year. With that in mind, I have some predictions for the trends in Customer Experience for 2020 and beyond. . I discussed these predictions on a recent podcast. However, it isn’t just predictions. I also shared the research I undertook in the last quarter of 2019 to position my global Customer Experience consultancy in the marketplace. .

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Contact Center Dialers Demystified

Dive into the realm of contact center dialers with our infographic! Explore the various types – Preview, Predictive, Automatic, and Progressive Dialers – and unravel their roles in boosting call center performance.

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What is the Difference Between Customer Service and Customer Support

ProProfs Blog

Customer service and customer support may seem like semantics; even Google does not make a difference in them. And you have probably come across tons of instances online where these terms are often used interchangeably. So, you think that they basically mean the same thing, right? What if we told you that you are not right! Each of these terms is customer-facing disciplines, but they cannot be used in place of the other.

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Top 5 Posts in December

Contact Center Pipeline

This has been quite a month! We’re closing out the year and the decade. For Pipeline readers, the topics of interest were centered around people and technology, including how to use praise as a strategy to improve agent engagement; CEOs’ changing views on the purpose of a corporation and what that means for your center; […].

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20 Ways To Create An Amazing Customer Service Experience In 2020 (Part One)

ShepHyken

With all the focus on how technology—including AI, data, personalization and more—can drive a better customer experience, I wanted to shift my focus back to basics. To this end, I recently published an article in Forbes about ways to create an amazing customer experience in 2020, and I thought it would be enjoyed by our Shepard Letter subscribers as well.

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How to Master Rapport with the Best Tips From My LinkedIn Learning Course

Myra Golden Media

Date of birth? Last name? Zip code? Have you ever had a conversation with a customer service person, and it went something like that? A lot of people ask questions this way. The problem with talking in little bytes is, it sounds robotic. And it’s hard to create rapport with customers if you sound mechanical. Think about the difference in placing a fast-food order where the person says, “Pull forward.” versus, “My pleasure.

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The New GTM Playbook: 18 Ways to Future-Proof Your Sales Team

Longer sales cycles. Increasingly discerning buyers. More meetings. Intensifying competition. Economic uncertainty. Go-to-market teams of every size, in every industry, are grappling with these challenges firsthand. Thankfully, there’s an answer. We’ve developed an entirely new way for GTM leaders to identify and execute proven, data-driven strategies that drive revenue.

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How to reduce call center volume with Computer Vision AI

TechSee

Customers prefer NOT to deal with your customer service team, with 67% wanting to access support without calling. They don’t want IVR menus, hold times or even the perkiest reps. They want to help themselves when it’s most convenient to them and if that’s at 2 am when the contact center has gone dark, so be it. Far from becoming disheartened by their customers’ attitudes, call center managers are thrilled by these developments.

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Our Most Important Learning in 2019

Beyond Philosophy

The Biggest Thing We Learned in 2019. If there is one thing we have learned in 2019, it is that customers give us a lot to think about regarding their behavior. How they behave and why are fascinating topics and one that has much influence on our Customer Experience outcomes. As we embark on a new year and a new decade, it is an excellent time to reflect on what we have learned and what made the most significant impact on us regarding customer retention and loyalty.

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10 Ways to Build Customer Centric Organization

ProProfs Blog

If you were to answer a question, “What is that one thing that customers hate the most? . What would you say? Without a doubt, it would be struggling to find a solution to their problems. . Customers don’t want to go out of their comfort zone to solve their own problems. They like instant and effortless solutions. . So what can you do to provide a smooth and delightful experience to customers throughout their journey?